This page shows news, updates, and developments of the technology and datasets of GeneticHomeland.com and geocoded genealogy records.
Mar 9, 2017
Updated links to DNA Mapping Projects at FTDNA
Dec 18, 2016
Fixed bugs in Save Map function and listing of previously saved maps on the user profile page. Also made web security hardening enhancements.
Aug 5, 2016
Added over 17,000 new Y-DNA SNP markers from various sources (e.g. YFull) to our
DNA SNP Marker Index. This brings the total Y markers to over 78,000.
We also incorporated NIH research id (rsid) values as alternate names that can be searched for. (e.g. searching for "rs20321" is the same as searching for "M222")
Also added file processing for FTDNA's new SNPs as CSV file format on the DNA File Upload tool.
Aug 2, 2016
Minor updates on linked books and references.
Jan 18, 2016
Added our Legacy Y-STR Marker Conversion Notes for researchers working on assembling old STR data.
Aug 31, 2015
Homeland Finder functionality concentrated on web site. Compiled application removed from Google Play store.
Mar 8, 2015
SSL Security Enhancements
There was technology news this past week of the so called 'FREAK' vulnerability to Microsoft and other encryption technologies. The threat involves client devices downgrading the ciphers to older, vulnerable algorithms and then cracking the server encryption key. To protect your data and prevent such an exploit, we did not wait for vendor patches but instead made a number of cryptographic enhancements to our technology platforms over the weekend:
- Rekeyed and upgraded all SSL certificates to a longer signature key length.
- Implemented Perfect Forward Secrecy (PFS) to make each user session's data encryption key unique and inhibit 'capture and replay' exploits in case the server key is compromised in the future.
- Made the upgraded TLS v1.1 and 1.2 protocols available for client connections.
- Removed support on the servers for older ciphers with weaknesses such as DES56, RC2 and RC4 so that these downgrade attacks are not possible.
- Tested genetichomeland.com with an independent evaluation tool and received a grade of "A" for SSL encryption security.
Most users will not notice a difference but older versions of browsers and communication devices may no longer be able to connect to https://www.genetichomeland.com. e.g.
- IE 6, 7 or 8 running on Windows XP
- old Android 2.3.7
- old Java 6u45
- old Open SSL v 0.9 devices
If someone experiences an SSL-related issue this week, please upgrade to the latest software version and you should be able to connect again.
Jan 19, 2015
- Minor update to NextGenMatch tool
Dec 17, 2014
- Minor updates to User Profile and User Registration pages
Nov 25, 2014
- Updated Family Tree DNA Project links and information on Getting Started with DNA testing to determine geographical origins
Oct 26, 2014
- Our DNA SNP Marker Index has been made updateable for those active in the
field who want to add or enhance the documentation and phylogentic tree relationships between SNPs.
In order for you to be able to make changes, please create your own user account by registering and then send an
what your purpose and qualifications are for making such changes.
- Technology sharing and cooperation with DNAGedcom.com
Sept 17, 2014
- Added to DNA SNP Marker Index We have added the SNP designations used and created
by Dr. Thomas Krahn at YSeq (e.g. Axxx designations)
to our DNA Marker Index. This marker index is embedded into NextGenMatch DNA technology so that it is easy to compare results
from different testing companies on a single screen after you've uploaded your DNA raw results file to GeneticHomeland.com. Our index can also be searched directly at this link.
July 26, 2014
- Work continues on the NextGenMatch DNA technology with several enhancements such as:
- Better overall match statistic NextGenMatchRating based on the natural log of the number of matched markers
as well as the percentage of markers matched.
Generally speaking, the higher the match rating, the more closely two people are related.
- Faster file processing
- Fixes for FamilyFinder data files.
- Added new Y-STR import format for 2-line, CSV files.
July 21, 2014
- Spanish Surname Clusters We have plotted the highest concentration points in Spain of 250 of the most common Hispanic surnames.
The core source for these distributions are based on based on the official Spanish government figures in the Continuous Register Statistics of Jan 2013.
Additional research on surname origin and related place names was conducted by our staff. Although explicit genealogy back to these origin points is generally not practical,
the high concentration of these surnames and the relative stability of populations in Spain since the 16th century make these the likely origin points
for the many popular hispanic surnames around the world. See the Genetic Homeland Finder page to search for your name.
May 20, 2014
- NextGenMatch DNA File Upload and Matching Version 1.0 released.
GeneticHomeland.com today releases a first-of-its kind DNA matching technology for genetic genealogy called NextGenMatch.
NextGenMatch is designed to help genealogists find genetic matches using SNPs and STRS in combination, in the same query.
The power and flexibility of NextGenMatch offers these benefits to genetic genealogists:
- A matching algorithm able to identify matches based on base-pair DNA comparison of tens of thousands of markers
that are becoming available with next-generation sequencing technologies.
- Video Tutorial available on YouTube
- Flexible NextGenMatch query tool to look for markers based on chromosome and position that encompasses the SNP and STR nomenclature
of all majore testing laboratories.
- Compare specific base-pair makers so as to identify new SNP markers for constructing and enhancing phylogenetic trees.
- Search for results based on comparison to the human genomic reference sequence HGS
with filters for positive, negative, or not observed result
- Quickly create a cross-reference table of persons and markers that is saved to your user profile for recall later.
- Ability to display results by mutation status, nucleobase value (e.g. C,G,A,T), or by sequencing quality rating
- Ability to compare results across multiple chromosomes at the same time.
- Ability to combine STR values with SNP values
- Incorporation of geographic demographics with the DNA samples in support of mapping and traditional genealogy.
- Ability to combine multiple types of DNA test results from multiple vendors into a consolidated, person-centric comparison tool.
We expect the types of tests we can convert and consoliate to grow over time but the initial list of accepted files include:
- VCF (variant call format) Big-Y results
- Tab-delimited raw data file of 23andMe results
- Tab-delimited raw data file of AncestryDNA / Ancestry.com autosomal results
- Chromo 2 results from Britains DNA
- Raw Data CSV file of National Geographic's Geno 2 Genographic Project
- Raw Data CSV file of FamilyFinder results
- STR Data from any testing company, in any order
- Granular Privacy Settings that let contributors set a customized level of anonymity for the display of their demographics in search results.
Other privacy settings include the ability to mask the DNA kit number as well as remove specific markers or SNPs from the data to be stored.
Also the ability to upload files for multiple participants and edit those demographics from a single user account.
- Rapid processing of file uploads into searchable data. Files will typically be processed within a few hours.
- Match Summary and Detail DNA Reports that can be download in XLS, tab-delimited, or comma-separated (CSV) format.
- Free - no charge for DNA file upload, storage, or analysis.
- Saved Searches Feature let's you recall and reuse your search criteria from previous queries. You can add a custom
description for each search as well so that it's easier for you to remember.
May 14, 2014
March 30, 2014
- Y-DNA Ancestral Origins Dataset Preview
In this new dataset, we are combining publically available Y-DNA haplotypes with high resolution geographical plots.
So for instance, if a DNA result's ancestry extended only to a county, it would not be plotted
(unless the county were very small in size).
But if the geographical position can be ascertained to the parish, townland or village level, we have plotted the genetic homeland
with latitude and longitude for display in our dynamic mapping system.
What makes this dataset different from existing maps is the
historical research and labor we put into mapping each and every identifiable point.
Progress to Date:
- The first phase of this dataset involved analysis of over 40,000 DNA records which yielded
about 3,800 examples with low-level geographical attribution.
- Wales has been completed with all identified points plotted.
- Scotland is still in progress with about 84% of the identifiable points plotted.
- Upload File Template In response to the interest in uploading User-Contributed Data Points,
we have created an Excel Template
that you can use to enter and bulk-submit geocoded information about your family or area of research.
- Geographical Place Index We have added a Gazetteer or index of all the geographical places which we have plotted
with latitude and longitude. There are also links to the place information as well as surname records associated with each place.
February 21, 2014
- DNA Marker Linkage Tools
Search results on the Finder tool which have been linked to
DNA results are now flagged on the output and linked to information on those DNA results. Additionally, there is a new DNA marker filter
available to limit Search Results to those which match a particular DNA kit.
We will release updates as DNA datasets are linked to the historical genealogical datasets in the near future.
We have also linked to two informational presentation that explain some of the concepts involved:
January 24, 2014
- DNA Project Information Updated Information on mapping-related DNA Projects has been updated. Made minor text and layout
January 17, 2014
- Server Upgrade Our production server has been updated with more memory and disk space to accomodate our users and
support the demand for custom mapping products.
November 1, 2013
New Map Layer We have digitized an original 1714 New Map of England, Scotland, and Ireland for display in our
Genetic Homeland Finder maps.
This layer is currently the default for maps whose center is in the British Isles or you can manually choose it from the layer control.
- Homeland Finder version 3.00
- Search Wizard
When starting a new search, we have added an easy-to-use Seach Wizard where you simply type one surname and the
best dataset will be selected for you by default. This features gets you to a map faster and easier.
For more complex queries or to use multiple surnames, you can still use the full set of Criteria.
- Save Map Feature
You can now save up to 10 personalized maps from the Genetic Homeland Finder maps to your User Profile.
From the Profile page you can see your Saved Maps and click on a link to
open that view back up in the Finder. Saved maps contain a watermark but you can purchase the map image for a modest price
to have the watermark removed.
- Additional Information includes links from search results to Books, DNA Projects, and references on family history and geography.
- Family Heritage Collage
This digital product combines narrative with a custom map and other information on the history of your surname.
See an Example Image.
- Expanded Catalog
You can now order prints of your customized Genetic Homeland Map in a variety of formats
- 8 x 10 print
- 16 x 20 print
- 20 x 30 print
- 24 x 36 poster
- 24 x 36 hard print for home decor
October 18, 2013
New Map Layer - We have digitized an original 1798 Walker Map of Ireland for display in our
Genetic Homeland Finder maps.
This exciting new map layer debuts in conjunction with the Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2013 conference in Dublin.
- User-Contributed Data Points You can now begin contributing your own Ancestral Origin Data Points using the Contact Form.
October 2, 2013
- Celebrity Genealogy Connection Report is now available for purchase as a Research Product.
If you have stories in your family genealogy that you are related to a famous person, perhaps you've always wondered but did not know
how to investigate whether it was true or not?
Our experts can perform an independent investigation for you and send you the written report.
See the Catalog page for details.
September 15, 2013
- Clickable Saved Search Feature.
Your previous Saved Searches (Dataset and Surname) can now be recalled more quickly by clicking on the hyperlink
on the Surname field in the Saved Genetic Homeland Finder Searches section of the Profile page.
July 29, 2013
- British Surnames Clusters This data set is now released for public search. Includes almost 900 surname cluster plots based on the 1881 census of England,
Scotland and Wales with a focus on persons involved in agriculture.
July 19, 2013
- German Surname Clusters are being collected and are beginning to be displayed on the public results.
- Added Log Off link. Note that sessions already expired at midnight.
- Added optional DNA Test Kit Number field to registration form and user profile. This information may help us
find and display matches and geographical locations that are the most meaningful to your ancestry.
June 6, 2013
- GeneticHomeland.com is a sponsor at the DNA Day at the 2013 Southern California Genealogy Society's Jamboree event in Burbank, California.
May 18, 2013
May 16, 2013
- Finder 2.28 fixes bug in table results sorting and filtering on the client-side.
- Added user-specific, server-side filters for County and City on the Map Editor. Also added color and other cosmetic enhancements.
May 13, 2013
- Updated free name search to display the number of surname matches by Data Set.
- Version 1.0 of Mobile Phone App released
- Available on Android devices from Google Play
April 21, 2013
- Finder 2.1 released with map display moved above results list. Shrunk map controls when in mobile-phone size mode.
April 5, 2013
- Finder 2.0 released after testing and bugfixing of certain browser issues that were causing maps to not render on some user's computers.
- Gray Map on HTTPS requests
- Odd, infinite loop behavior in some webkit browers as they there crashing and restarting because of the width of some elements
- Miscellaneous browser-specific bugs for map rendering
March 30, 2013
- Enhancements to Finder and Registration pages to function better for browsers which had trouble with mobile-phone web libraries.
March 29, 2013
- Added PDF Registration form for those having trouble with web signature tool.
- Enhanced navigation menus and separate Catalog page.
February 27, 2013
- New Dataset Release of our 3rd dataset, Ireland Surname Farmer Clusters.
This geo-coded data was compiled from an analysis of the 1911 Ireland Census data with
a detailed topographical analysis of Ireland.
February 21, 2013
- Go-Live for GeneticHomeland.com Homeland Finder version 1.0 tool online with two databases for public use with free registration.
- Castles of Ireland. The Castles of Ireland list was comiled by Dr. Tyrone Bowes for Irish Origenes.
- Ireland Place Names. Townlands and Geographic Featues of Ireland related to Surnames. Compiled 2013 by Dr. Tyrone Bowes
- Dr. Tyrone Bowes makes a presentation as part of the Who Do You Think You Are conference in London.